Sunderland legend wants no changes for Arsenal game

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Michael Gray believes that Gus Poyet should choose the same line-up as were defeated 8-0 by Southampton.

The Black Cats fell 8-0 to Southampton on Saturday, registering the largest scoreline of the current Premier League season, and Sunderland’s largest defeat since the 1980’s.

Due to the long distance round-trip endured by the Sunderland fans, the first-team squad agreed to refund the cost of tickets to a value of £60,000, and they admitted that they gave up the moment the first strike - a Santiago Vergini own-goal - hit the back of the net.

The Black Cats host Arsenal this Saturday, and, despite the Gunners poor start to the season, it is hard to see anything other than a victory for the North Londoners, even if head coach Gus Poyet makes a host of changes to his first-team line-up.

Considering the XI who took to the field on Sunday resembles an almost full-strength side, it is hard to see where Poyet can improve his squad from a technical standpoint - and it may be his duty to do nothing but motivate the players he chooses to take to the field.

However, club legend Michael Gray, who made over 350 appearances for the Black Cats in a 12-year spell, believes that Poyet should do nothing prior to the game on Saturday, with the 8-0 humbling all the motivation the players should need.

It will be a shock if Sunderland do claim a result off of Arsenal, despite their impressive record against the top clubs last season, but there is no denying that Gray is speaking the truth when he believes that the club should need no more motivation to recover from their worst defeat since 1982.

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